The Best Guard On The Roster?August 25th, 2014
Last week’s phone call came to new Bucs guard Rishaw Johnson while he was in his car en route to work at Chiefs headquarters. “You’ve been traded to Tampa Bay.”
The words absolutely stunned Johnson, so he told Joe in a happy Bucs locker room on Saturday night.
Johnson went from Chiefs starting guard at the very end of last season to No. 1 on the Kansas City depth chart to start this season. Then he was demoted in favor of a rookie and shopped to Tampa Bay.
“I didn’t see it coming,” Johnson said. “Everything happens for a reason, so it’s a blessing. I’m just taking it as a better opportunity and a better shot for me. I just work hard every day. It’s a blessing to be here and just be in the NFL. Count on me to try to be a physical guy every day and help my team win.
“I gotta learn fast. This is the NFL, so there’s no easing in. So I gotta learn fast, stay in my playbook, and be ready when they call my number Thursday night. I gotta lot to prove to these coaches in just a few days and prove that I belong there.”
In addition to Johnson, Joe tapped sources locally and in Kansas City. All insist there was nothing sinister surrounding Kansas City wanting to ditch the third-year pro.
Johnson will suit up Thursday night for his Bucs debut, and there’s a lot of high hopes from the organization. Johnson is in shape and ready to go. He wore No. 65 in Buffalo but watched from the sidelines, only because he wasn’t ready after just one day.
Is Johnson better than Oneil Cousins and/or Patrick Omameh? It would be hard not to be. Joe would bet a few nickels Johnson is starting on opening day against Carolina.